Ideas for children’s parties in London

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You can go mad in both senses of the phrase trying to organise a simple children’s party these days, so here’s a selection of our favourite venues and activities to provide entertainment for the kids

  • Ideas for children’s parties in London

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    Children’s Party Bus

    On-board events, such as games, magic or a disco, are tailored to the age group (from fours to nines). The bus parks outside for two hours and price includes catering. Capacity 24 children. Hire charge from £350.Children's Party Bus (07836 605032/www.childrenspartybus.co.uk).

    Clown Town

    A three-level, multi-activity frame featuring slides, ball ponds and rope climbs, which is heaven for kids. Cost £8.95 per child.Clown Town, Unit 3, Coppetts Centre, North Circular Rd, N12 0QS (020 8361 6600). New Southgate rail.

    Finchley Lido Leisure Centre

    There is a pleasing grassy terrace; indoors, swimmers can plough up and down the main pool or enjoy the leisure pool’s wave machine and picture windows. The leisure pool can be hired between 4.30pm and 6.30pm at weekends. Capacity 30. Hire charge £129 per hour. Finchley Lido Leisure Centre, Great North Leisure Park, Chaplin Square, N12 0GL (020 8343 9830/www.gll.org). East Finchley tube.
    See our guide to London's best pools and lidos

    Mystical Fairies

    Whether you use the magical basement kingdom or have the fairies come to your home, Mystical provides parties for the sprite-obsessed. It’s not all pink dresses and wings; there are also pirate and wizard parties. Young girls in their fairy phase love the whimsy; for older ones there are high-school musical and disco options. Hire charge from £375 for two hours. Mystical Fairies, 12 Flask Walk, NW3 1HE (020 7431 1888/www.mysticalfairies.co.uk). Hampstead tube.

    Delta Force

    Children have to be over 11 to don their fatigues and participate in the fun. They get 150 paintballs to fire between 9.15am and 4pm, plus a pizza lunch – all for £17.50 per head. The sites at Billericay and Upminster in Essex are both within walking distance of train and tube stations. £17.50 per person (minimum 40). Delta Force, Aveley Rd, Upminster, RM14 2TW (0844 477 5050/www.paintballgames.co.uk). Upminster tube/rail.

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    Cups 'n' horsies: Kentish Town City Farm

    Kentish Town City Farm

    There’s livestock, a pond full of frogs and a brand new space they rent out for children’s parties. There’s also a kitchen to prepare food. It costs £50 (plus £50 returnable deposit).Kentish Town City Farm, 1 Cressfield Close, off Grafton Rd, NW5 4BN (020 7916 5421/www.ktcityfarm.org.uk). Kentish Town tube.

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    As well as the displays of toys, there’s a colourful party space downstairs. Extras include menus from their café, crafts activities and a story trail around the museum. Capacity 25. Hire charge £100.V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Rd, E2 9PA (020 8983 5200/www.vam.ac.uk/moc). Bethnal Green tube/rail.

    Gambado

    Colourful climbing frames and slides are present and correct, but Gambado goes the extra mile with dodgems and a carousel. Max capacity 30. Hire charge £18.50-£26 per child. Gambado, 7 Station Court, Townsmead Rd, SW6 2PY (020 7384 1635/www.gambado.com). Fulham Broadway tube, then 391 bus. New_84 Lollipop.jpg

    Goody bags

    Happy Green Earth

    HGH’s eco-friendly bags start at 20p, and gifts at 35p.(0845 388 0931/www.happygreen earth.com)

    Frog in the Field

    The excellent website makes party bag purchasing a total doddle. (0845 170 2010/www.froginthefield.co.uk)

    Little Cherry

    Fill bags with eco-friendly toys such as skipping ropes (£4.49). (01753 857 003/www.littlecherry.co.uk)

    Ethical Party Bags

    Recycled, fairly traded bags available empty or pre-filled. (07948 343 653/www.ethicalpartybags.com)

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    Kids’ parties at home

    Blueberry Playsongs

    www.blueberry.clara.co.uk

    Cookie Crumbles cooking workshop

    www.cookiecrumbles.net

    Fimmaking course

    www.youngfilmacademy.co.uk

    Mad science

    www.madscience.org/east

    League One Sports Academy

    www.leagueone.co.uk

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David A
David A

Lets Race are based just outside London and offer the UK's most realistic F1 simulators. Race with or against your friends in our centre and get as close as you can get to a real F1 car letsrace.co.uk

Jenine
Jenine

For something unique and different and great for all ages even adults to, Children's party photo booth. its lots of fun and a nice way to have beautiful photos of the children. Children love it, they also provide funny props. Sensationally Sweet photo booth provides this service and here is their website www.sweetphotobooth.co.uk

Marie C. Mattinson
Marie C. Mattinson

Having tried many venues in South London I highly recommend Bertie and Boo Adventure Island in Balham, London SW12 9BW for a fun action packed party with a magic twist. Our 5 year old had a fantastic birthday party there yesterday. Everything was spot on: fun swashbuckling adventure in the themed soft play area, delicious food served in treasure chest food boxes, followed by a super magic show, all delivered by great entertainers and very competent and friendly staff, the children were all captivated and over the moon, and so were all the parents! I highly recommend it!!

Julia Hargreaves
Julia Hargreaves

Haven't heard of those companies above, I'm sure they're great however, I must agree with Sarah below, who recommended partyflix.co.uk who we used quite recently for my sons birthday. - They made a film of Harry Potter using all my sons friends, I was thoroughly impressed with there professionalism and ability to keep the day fun as well as having an amazing product at the end. - Check them out, you wont be disappointed. www.partyflix.co.uk

Julia Hargreaves
Julia Hargreaves

Haven't heard of those companies above, I'm sure they're great however, I must agree with Sarah below, who recommended partyflix.co.uk who we used quite recently for my sons birthday. - They made a film of Harry Potter using all my sons friends, I was thoroughly impressed with there professionalism and ability to keep the day fun as well as having an amazing product at the end. - Check them out, you wont be disappointed. www.partyflix.co.uk

Jack
Jack

Excellent website, I have a website of entertainers who do classic magic etc and some really cool new stuff, they pretty much tailor everything to your needs and I have used them a lot www.thekidsentertainer.co.uk I have included a e-mail address but better check the site! www.thekidsentertainer.co.uk

bigsands
bigsands

Kids nowadays like to show off and impress their friends. Our clients would hire inflatable features and an ice cream van, then have our steel drum band performing a couple of sets during the party (www.steelbandhire.com). We have also been invited to many Barmitzvah parties; the best was in St John's Wood and they had like a red carpet theme with a few photographers taking pictures and treating the kids as if they were celebrities. It was fun.

RCB
RCB

A really fab party idea that we recently went to was a Stage Combat workshop run by Cut and Thrust. It was run by the guy who played Iron Man in the films and the BBC's Prince Caspian! All the boys really loved it and what's more is that I now have them fake punching each other instead of really pounding each other! V/cool :) www.cutandthrust.co.uk

Martha
Martha

If you are looking for brilliant entertainers then I highly recommend The Party Belles www.thepartybelles.co.uk They are the best entertainers in London and I have seen them at a lot of parties as well as booking them myself for my daughter's party. They really entertain the children for a full 2 hours and come dressed as different characters. My daughter had a Rapunzel princess and she hasn't stopped talking about her since. This company also provides decoration, party bags, party food etc which a friend of mine used which is also excellent and good value. Great service. Highly recommended.

Clara
Clara

If your looking for a party go to Pizza Hut and you make your own pizza and get party bags some fun things to play with and you will have great time

Philip Harrow
Philip Harrow

If you are looking for something special I would recommend Goody Gumdrops in Crouch End, Newly opened it stocks a great selection of wooden toys, unusual gifts and accessories and they do the best party bags. In fact everything there is lovely as my daughter tells me. They also do Play Mobil and Meccano, but the best bit is the shop is very well laid out and has a play area at the back for kids to play. They have also added a childrens book corner which stocks a great selection, so we would say this is our favourite childrens shop in North London.

Sarah Hooper
Sarah Hooper

We have just had a Party Flix party, they were great with the kids and the idea is so unique, I think they are the only people to come and make a film with the kids and then have a premier at the end. Highly recommended. www.partyflix.co.uk

Annie
Annie

Would recommend Gambado because it has proper wow factor. Only problem was trying to book because they are busy but staff are very friendly.

josh horne
josh horne

we had a fantastic party at Gymboree Putney great for the adults too

Gabriella
Gabriella

We too went to Eddie Catz and were so impressed with the service. The kids had a great time (3&4 yr olds) and we were never afraid we were going to lose them like with big playhouses.

Sarah T.
Sarah T.

We'd booked our toddler's party at Blue Kangaroo but it closed so we went to Eddie Catz instead. It was great. Kids had a great time. Staff was accomodating. They also serve wine for the adults. Highly recommend it.

Allison Smith
Allison Smith

I agree about Perform Parties - they gave us the best Superheroes party ever last week. If you want to have a party at home or in a private venue and you don't want to pay the earth, I would highly rcommend them. Professiopnal, good value and excellent fun!

Sarah O'Keefe
Sarah O'Keefe

We recently had a Perform drama party with a theme of Mermaids & Pirates. My son and daughter (aged 5 and 7) both said it was the best party they'd ever had. The lady cam dressed in full costume and they learned songs, played games and were completely wrapped up in the whole thing. I've booked them again for next month I was so impressed. www.performparties.org.uk

Sarah Wright
Sarah Wright

Blue Kangaroo must be the best children's party venue in London. At my daugther's party, the children's food was very good unlike most places and the staff were great making it a very special day. We also entertained our friends with food and drink. Brilliant.

Debra Harris
Debra Harris

I've just booked Party Flix for my son's birthday, they are new and exciting party organisers. And they seem like really lovely people. partyflix.co.uk

Phil Lewis
Phil Lewis

Playaway London in Crouch End is the finest birthday venue for small children that you could hope to find. Our party was fantastic, the kids loved every minute.

Saskia
Saskia

The best company we found for help with our sons' party bags was Frog in the Field, really helpful and unusual without breaking the bank. Also no sweets..hoe rare is that?

Jemma
Jemma

For older children, have you tried a Soap and Bubble party? we had one for our daughter's birthday. All the kids had a great time and everything was supplied.

Minnie
Minnie

Went to a party at Gambado in Fulham. Best indoor play venue I've been to.

sharon
sharon

surely there has to be more for children than this, a birthday venue directory is a must !!!!

tony moore
tony moore

Did you know that BIRTHDAY DREAMS can also accomodate teenagers!

Rhea
Rhea

Why there aren't much options for Teenager 12-14 yrs olds? Just toddlers and Tweenies funs (?) -very disapointed mum!

tony moore
tony moore

You have not included BIRTHDAY DREAMS which I believe is the most fantastic & exclusive children's venue in London!!

John Sissy
John Sissy

Why have you not included EDDIE CATZ which I think is one of the TOP venues for kids parties in London!!